The Nicole Kidman horror classic "The Others" is getting a makeover. Universal Pictures and Sentient Entertainment have partnered on the remake of Alejandro Amenabar’s title and are in development on a new film.
In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to the film and got control of the rights in a highly competitive situation from FilmSharks owned The Remake Co.
Sentient made the deal with FilmSharks CEO Guido Rud and European football club Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo’s Video Mercury. Cerezo originally acquired the film rights when he purchased Sogecine.
Sentient’s Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin will produce alongside Aliwen Entertainment’s Lucas Akoskin. Cerezo will executive produce alongside Rud and Miller Way’s Michael and Jeeny Miller. SVP Production Sara Scott will oversee the project on behalf of Universal.
The original 2001 film starred Kidman and became a surprise summer hit by grossing more than $200 million at the worldwide box office. Similar to "The Sixth Sense", the film is known not only for scaring audiences all summer but delivering one of the all-time great twist endings.
Sentient’s current slate includes Sierra/eOne feature Losing Clementine, with Jessica Chastain and Edgar Ramirez attached; action-thriller Alphas with Sam Worthington; and Taken director Pierre Morel’s untitled Netflix thriller. CAA and FilmSharks represented the producers, Ep and Remake IP in the deal.